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Match Report v Ealing Trailfinders

Posted: 30th November 2019

Any hopes Bedford Blues had of reaching the knockout stages of the Championship Cup were ended on Saturday afternoon as they were humbled 80-17 by Ealing Trailfinders.

The hosts were ruthless in attack as they ran in 12 tries while the Blues response came courtesy of a Dan Temm double and one for Jacob Fields but there was very little to smile about at the final whistle.

The writing was on the wall early on when Ealing crossed for the opening try in less than a minute as Craig Willis made a break and offloaded to Elijah Niko who crossed with ease for an unconverted score.

But Bedford responded well and found themselves ahead in the fifth minute when captain Dan Temm intercepted the ball on halfway and turned on the gas to score with Lewis Robling adding the extras.

The lead didn’t last long though as Ealing inched their way ahead with a second try of the afternoon. Rayn Smid got the move started with Elliot Millar Mills in support and the prop went over for the try which Craig Willis converted.

Bedford looked to build an attack but a knock on brought things to an end and Ealing crossed for a third soon afterwards when Tommy Bell passed to Reon Joseph who had a simple walk in but Willis failed to convert.

Ealing secured the try bonus point in the 15th minute following a big carry from Sam Dickinson which left a gaping hole for Willis to run through and score before converting his own effort to make it 24-7.

The Blues kept up the pressure on Ealing and sent a penalty into the corner but the maul defence from Trailfinders was good and then Dickinson stole a second lineout ball to prevent any chance of Bedford scoring.

For all of Bedford’s attacking efforts, they came away with nothing and were punished in the 25th minute when Bell played an arrow like pass to Smid who cruised over the line with Willis converting to make it 31-7.

There was no respite for the bLues as Ealing continued to turn the screw. After Bedford failed to find touch with a penalty, the home side attacked and won a penalty of their own five metres from the Blues line. Having opted for a scrum, Ealing went through a few phases before Bell crossed and Willis added the extras.

A penalty to the Blues was sent to the corner in the 36th minute and this time the pack made no mistake as they drove the lineout over the line with Jacob Fields dotting down for an unconverted try.

Once again, the Blues revival was extremely short lived as Willis spotted Niko open on the wing. The fly half sent a cross field kick towards the winger and it bounced perfectly into his arms allowing a clear run in with Willisd making it 45-12.

There was still time for another Ealing score before the interval when Bedford coughed up a penalty which went to touch. Although the initial lineout maul was defended well, Jordy Reid spotted a gap to score and Willis made it 52-12 at the interval.

Ealing went on the attack from the start of the second half and had crossed the line within two minutes. A lineout was taken securely before Willis played in Harry Sloan for the score before making it 59-12 with the conversion.

Bedford were next on the scoreboard as they crossed for a third time following a penalty which they took quickly with Temm scoring his second to make it 59-17 with the conversion off target.

The home side weathered the brief Blues storm and then fired back with their tenth try as a penalty was fired to touch. Although the initial maul attack was defended, Kieran Murphy was on hand to drive over with Willis converting his eighth of the game.

Bedford’s attempts to run the ball from their own line ultimately led to an 11th Ealing try as they were forced back over their own try line. The Blues then conceded a penalty at the scrum which Craig Hampson took quickly to dart over the line and Willis made it 73-17 with 15 minutes left on the clock.

There was no let up from Trailfinders as they ran in a 12th try just minutes later when Murphy made the break with David Johnston in support and the centre went over with Willis converting once more to wrap things up 80-17.



15. Ed Coulson, 14. Pat Tapley, 13. Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas, 12. Fraser Strachan, 11. Dean Adamson, 10. Lewis Robling, 9. James Lennon; 1. Joe Wrafter, 2. Jacob Fields, 3. Karl Garside, 4. Oli Curry, 5. Will Carrick Smith, 6. Dan Temm (capt), 7. Josh Buggea, 8. Huw Worthington.


16. Robbie Smith, 17. Sean McCarthy, 18. Henry Paul, 19. Jordan Onojaife, 20. Devante Onojaife, 21. Grayson Hart, 22. Sam Leeming, 23. Charlie Reed.


15. Tommy Bell, 14. Elijah Niko, 13. David Johnston, 12. Harry Sloan, 11. Reon Joseph, 10. Craig Willis, 9. Nathan Fowles; 1. Jordan Els, 2. Matt Cornish, 3. Elliot Millar Mills, 4. Sam Dickinson, 5. James Cannon, 6. Andrew Durutalo, 7. Jordy Reid, 8. Rayn Smid (capt).


16. Alun Walker, 17. Will Davis, 18. Craig Trenier, 19. Ben West, 20. Kieran Murphy, 21. Shane Buckley, 22. Craig Hampson, 23. Lewis Jones.


Jack Makepeace